Laython Landis, official under fire for boorish behavior, to attend final meeting

Laython Landis’ last meeting is Tuesday.

ORO LOMA SANITARY DISTRICT | Over the last decade, the Oro Loma Sanitary District has kept a low profile. Elected board members stayed out of trouble and, most importantly, kept sewer and recycling rates low.

The five-member board representing San Lorenzo and parts of San Leandro and unincorporated Alameda County lost their anonymity last December when long-time member Laython Landis inexplicably uttered the n-word during a committee meeting.

He was later censured by the board, not only for the comment, but a host of undisclosed transgressions. His colleagues also stripped him his committee assignments.

After numerous and increasingly vocal calls for Landis’ ouster, he announced his retirement last month from the board after more than four decades of service. On Tuesday, Landis will attend his last meeting as a board member.

Earlier this month, the Oro Loma board decided to appoint Landis’ replacement rather than deferring to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors or a special election. According to Oro Loma staff, such an election would have cost more than $500,000.

A two-person ad hoc committee was also approved and includes Board President Tim Becker and new member Shelia Young. Notice of an opening on the board will be posted Mar. 23 and application due on April 12, according to the staff report. Qualified applicant will be invited to address the board at the April 21 meeting.

A new member could be appointed during the board’s scheduled meeting on May 5, according to the staff report.

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